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Circulars dated:   16/7/14   1/7/14   17/6/14

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Only a selection of events follows below - the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. (Very) Late cancellations do unfortunately sometimes occur, too late for inclusion in an email, but I will note these - and late sell-outs - in the website Diary as soon as I become aware of them.

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NEW Tuesday 18 November 2014 - Boo Hewerdine - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Much loved English songwriter Boo Hewerdine releases his first career retrospective My Name In Brackets (The Best of) on November 3rd 2014 via Reveal Records. Featuring many of his greatest songs from Boo’s time leading The Bible in the mid-eighties and his subsequent solo career, the compilation spans over 25 years worth of recordings and also includes some brand new songs written specifically for My Name In Brackets. Boo Hewerdine will tour the UK in November 2014 where audiences can expect to hear plenty of their favourite Boo songs alongside a clutch of newer songs as yet unreleased. His shows are famous for his bone dry between song banter, he appears to have an endless supply of anecdotes about his brushes with ‘almost, nearly, not quite fame’! Tickets £12+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/282968. Further info 01803 875527 or world.unlimited@o2.co.uk. www.worldunlimited.co.uk. Doors 7.00pm

 

 

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16/7/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 16 July 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.
Sorry it's been over a fortnight since the last circular - Busy times!

NEW Tuesday 22 July 2014 8pm - Theo Brown & The Folklore Of Dartmoor - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Explores the hidden tales of seven Dartmoor villages through experiments in sound and vision. It also celebrates the life of the late folklorist and artist Theo Brown, whose publications, papers and woodcuts have lain dormant in the archives at Exeter University since her death in 1993. Using Brown’s unpublished research, Ian Humberstone and David Chatton Barker have crafted an audio-visual retelling of Dartmoor folklore grounded in the moor’s topography, history and folk-culture. www.folkloretapes.co.uk. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/theo-brown-the-folklore-of-dartmoor. £8. Box Office: 01392 667080.
Coming up at Exeter Phoenix www.exeterphoenix.org.uk:
Thursday 11 September - Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War
Wednesday 8 October - Show Of Hands
Wednesday 15 October - Lúnasa
Sunday 16 November - The Fisherman's Friends
Tuesday 9 December - Luke Daniels

Thursday 24 July 2014 - Gigspanner - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return visit from this brilliant trio headed by Steeleye Span's legendary fiddle player, Peter Knight. Joined by Roger Flack (guitar) and Vincent Salzfaas (congas and djembe), Peter's Gigspanner will take you on a dazzling musical world tour, that combines traditional British with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences. Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow (Sir Terry Pratchett). www.gigspanner.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 25 July 2014 9pm - Sound of the Sirens - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Exeter’s Hannah and Abbe have been gathering quite a lot of attention recently. The duo draw upon folk-rock inspirations but it is their original material that shows off the brilliance of their chemistry and beauty of their vocal harmonies. More powerful than their description can suggest and a reputation for an engaging live show means anyone coming out for this will be in for a treat. £3. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 26 July 2014 - Lydstock Music Festival - Lydford
Multi-genre mini music festival, 5th year. Main charity for this year's event is St Lukes Hospice South West. Acts confirmed so far include: Appaloosas, Orangutan Wheelbarrow, Josie Lloyd, Stage 2, Sky Walkers, 3's A Crowd, Kerina and The Slaves, Trefoil, Dmitry Babichev, Jack Woodward, Ophelia Devon, A Cherry On Top.  Gates midday, main stage closes 11pm. www.lydstock.com

Sunday 27 July 2014 7.45pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Winners of the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and this year's Horizon award this immensely talented duo will dazzle you with thier skills on fiddle, bouzoukis, guitar and English concertina as well as with their sogwriting and vocal abilities. They display a musical maturity way beyond their years. £10. Book by email folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 27 July 2014 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS
Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best-known as a top-flight fiddle player and plays in the all-star line up "Feast of Fiddles". But his skills don't stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. This concert is being organised as a joint venture with the Maker with Rame Community Hall. Box office 01579 347483. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/263723. A 'Liskeard Concert Series' event (www.liskeardconcertseries.btck.co.uk) organised as a joint venture with the MwR Community Hall.

Sunday 27 July 2014 7.30-10pm - Balkan and Gypsy Dance - Moose Hall, Bowden Hill, Crediton EX17 3EJ
Dance to Balkan & Gypsy music with Steve Tyler & Katy Marchant playing hurdy gurdy, mandolin, bagpipes, shawm, voice etc. and with dances led by Kushuma Holyoak (01837 82001) and Fiona Parr (01626 821110). Cost £7. BYO refreshments.

Thursday 31 July 2014 - Maurice Dickson with Catherine Ashcroft - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Maurice and Catherine return to the Mill as Irish duo Mochara. Always one of our most popular acts, Maurice sings and plays guitar, bouzouki, mandolin and bodhran, while Catherine plays the Uileann pipes and whistles with breathtaking speed and virtuosity. Performing a mix of original and traditional Irish songs and tunes, the duo promise audiences a night of spellbinding music. www.mauricedickson.co.uk.  Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

UPDATED 1-8 August 2014 - Sidmouth Folk Week
The full festival programme can now be downloaded from www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. 880 events!

NEW Saturday 2 August 2014 - Gren Bartley Band - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
Gren Bartley is a prolific and exceptional songwriter. He is constantly touring and forever writing. The critically acclaimed new album “Winter Fires” (out Spring 2013) is yet another giant leap forward and is building further upon the success of 2012’s critically acclaimed “Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown”. www.grenbartley.com. Tickets £10 adv from 01803 394113, £12 door. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk

Sunday 3 August 2014 8pm - Tony McManus - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Virtuoso guitarist. Once again we’re collaborating with Sidmouth Folk Week to showcase top musicians who rarely perform in the UK. Canada-based Tony McManus is recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic music. www.tonymcmanus.com. "Tony McManus is the best Celtic guitarist in the world” John Renbourn; “World class. Masterful playing as usual”- Steve Howe. Details www.calstockarts.org/sunday-3-august-tony-mcmanus-virtuoso-guitarist-celtic-music-and-beyond.

8-10 August 2014 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Artists announced, to date, include: New Rope String Band (Friday), Lady Maisery, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar (winners of the BBC Young Folk Awards 2013), Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer, The Old Fashioned, Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher, Chalktown and Pete White's Suitcase Circus.
Other artists attending include Trevor Organ's Cracking Crockery, The Dartmoor Pixie Band, Tony Beard, Entertainingly Different, Dave Wills, various morris and dance teams, plus more to be confirmed.
The festival will include a packed programme of concerts, a ramble on Dartmoor, a ceilidh, folk service, craft displays, dances, a Children's Festival, a Dartmoor Fayre, music hall, pub sessions and music, song and dance workshops. Competitions include the Dartmoor Broom Dance championships and Dartmoor Stepdance Championships.
It was 37 years ago that the festival was founded by the late Bob Cann, who lived in the parish of South Zeal. He had the dream of a folk event on his doorstep that would help to revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor.It was the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area that formed the basis for the first festival and they still remain for the association which runs the festival today. Since it was founded it has grown so that it can invite some of the best folk artists around, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a relaxed, friendly and traditional festival. For further details about the Festival, or to enquire about booking tickets, telephone 01837 840102 or visit the brand new website: www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

NEW Friday 15 August 2014 9pm - The Grenaways - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
The band describes their sound as “In the folk music genre, but none of us are true folkies (apart from maybe Laura who grew up on Lindisfarne). So we feel free to interpret folk music from a number of different angles. The results tend to be quite a unique mix of influences in the folk style, with definite nautical undertones. We just love this style because it has a rich tradition in Cornwall where it has always been the music of the people, influenced so much by the sea and coastal living. In some ways it’s the original dance music too, and gives us huge scope to write about everything from the romantic to the downright jiggy! £3. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 16 August 2014 7.30pm - Rachel Sermanni - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Scottish contemporary folk singer-songwriter launched her career when only 17, and has since played in excess of 500 shows across the UK, Europe, North America and a handful of shows in Asia. 2013 was spent touring North America and Canada. Her debut album Under Mountains, released in late 2012, brought her bewitchingly beautiful, powerfully impassioned, magically eloquent music to a fresh crop of fans. A straight-up storyteller with a voice to blow all others clean out of the water, this young Scottish singer-songwriter packs an almighty punch with her earthy folk melodies and dextrous fingerpicking. www.rachelsermanni.net. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/279722. Further info 01803 875527 or world.unlimited@o2.co.uk. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 28 August 2014 9pm - Jeff Horsey & Gareth Hedges - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Two incredibly accomplished musicians with impressive histories come together to play a special evening of traditional music. Drawing primarily on the blues but effortlessly nodding to aspects of jazz, folk and roots music expect a perfect rendition of styles long passed as well as some unique and insightful anecdotes. £2. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Friday 29 August 2014 9pm - Adam Piggott & Jayne Freeman - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Described by NetRythms as “Genuinely uplifting” with “Intensely adept acoustic guitar styling” this guitar/ukulele duo showcase their song writing alongside fresh interpretations of often unexpected classic songs. With strong influences from country, folk, blues and jazz their sound has been described as a mix of Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Debbie Harry and Ry Cooder with a modern Nouvelle Vague twist. £3. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 6 September 2014 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Winners of both the 2013 BBC Young Folk Award and 2014 BBC Horizon Award. Exciting and dynamic young duo with musical abilities, vocal maturity and professionalism beyond their years. Growing festival favourites, the duo have appeared at prestigious venues as Cropredy Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. Their new album, The Call, is now available. www.russellalgar.co.uk. Support: Martyn Cornelius. Tickets: £9 adv; £11 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Thursday 11 September 2014 8pm - Whitetop Mountain Band - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop, Virginia is an area rich in the old time music tradition; this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region's style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. At the same time, Whitetop Mountain Band shows are very versatile and entertaining containing everything from fiddle/banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, and four part mountain gospel songs. Shows also include flat foot dancing. The band is well known for their high energy and charisma on stage. £12. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Friday 12 September 2014 - Gallery Bar Special: Rum and Shrub - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Our film festival weekend celebrating the River Tamar gets off to a fine start with the Rum and Shrub Shantymen, a group of traditional singers from Cornwall with a worldwide reputation for lively singing of shanties, sea songs and folk songs. Their unusual name is taken from one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets and is the band’s favourite throat ‘medicine’ – Shrub being an alcoholic cordial reputed to have been enjoyed by smugglers to disguise the salty taste of their contraband, and rum being rum. Free entry, chatty atmosphere, donations to the band would be very welcome. Full details www.calstockarts.org/friday-12th-september-gallery-bar-special-with-rum-and-shrub.

NEW Friday 12 September 2014 8pm - Steve Knightley - Ilsington Village Hall, Ilsington TQ13 9RG
In 2010 Steve won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Original Song category and as the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo, Show of Hands won the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. From a rock background, Steve is known for his strong narrative songs, many inspired by people and places in his native West Country. Booking details etc. www.ilsingtongigs.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 28 September 2014 8pm - Steve Knightley - Buckfastleigh Town Hall
In 2010 Steve won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Original Song category and as the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo, Show of Hands won the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. From a rock background, Steve is known for his strong narrative songs, many inspired by people and places in his native West Country. Booking details etc. www.growyourowngig.co.uk/gigs.

New West-Country CD
We don't usually do advertising as such, but very happy to make an exception to give a mention for a brand new release from West-Country specialists and former Harberton Folk performers Tom & Barbara Brown. Details of 'Just Another Day - Songs from Minehead - then and now' can be found on www.umbermusic.co.uk.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
29 July - 4 August - 'Dance by the Sea' International Folk Dance Course - Livermead House Hotel, Torquay
Wednesday 30 July - Balkan Instrumental Day Course - Livermead House Hotel, Torquay
Friday 1 August 5-6pm - Music for Moon Bears - Mill House Retreats, Rocknell Manor Farm, Westleigh EX16 7ES
Thursday 21 August - Geoff Lakeman / Doxies - Brixham Theatre
Thursday 21 August - Martyn Joseph - Otterton Mill
Thursday 21 August -
Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell
Friday 22 August -
Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall
Friday 5 September - James Taylor - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 14 September - Altan - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Sunday 28 September - Dervish - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Saturday 4 October - Jackie Oates - South Brent Village Hall
Saturday 25 October - Seth Lakeman - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Sunday 16 November - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham
Sunday 16 November - Bellowhead - Plymouth Pavilions
Friday 21 November - Joan Armatrading - Exeter Corn Exchange

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk

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1/7/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 1 July 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

NEW Friday 25 July 2014 9pm - Sound of the Sirens - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Exeter’s Hannah and Abbe have been gathering quite a lot of attention recently. The duo draw upon folk-rock inspirations but it is their original material that shows off the brilliance of their chemistry and beauty of their vocal harmonies. More powerful than their description can suggest and a reputation for an engaging live show means anyone coming out for this will be in for a treat. £3. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 21 August 2014 - Gigspanner - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
Gigspanner are returning to no doubt raise the roof with their enigmatic playing. Steeleye Span fiddler Peter Knight (the Jimi Hendrix of the fiddle) is enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe. The band amalgamate a heady mix of Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a blistering pace of a musical world tour. “Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow" - Sir Terry Pratchett. www.gigspanner.com. £15. Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232.

Richie's listings for live music in July in East Devon
will hopefully be available here soon: www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/richie.htm (Richie's listings for June unfortunately didn't happen, due to his laptop dying)

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

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17/6/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 17 June 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

NEW Thursday 31 July 2014 - Maurice Dickson with Catherine Ashcroft - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Maurice and Catherine return to the Mill as Irish duo Mochara. Always one of our most popular acts, Maurice sings and plays guitar, bouzouki, mandolin and bodhran, while Catherine plays the Uileann pipes and whistles with breathtaking speed and virtuosity. Performing a mix of original and traditional Irish songs and tunes, the duo promise audiences a night of spellbinding music. www.mauricedickson.co.uk.  Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

NEW Thursday 21 August 2014 - Martyn Joseph - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
One of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation, Martyn has toured with (among others) Suzanne Vega, Joan Armatrading, Jools Holland, Mark Cohn and, even, Celine Dion. This most compelling live performer and social commentator presents his audience with challenging narratives, tempered with songs that comfort and speak to the soul. His music is filled with passion, intelligence, intensity, and humour, all delivered by one of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today Tom Robinson BBC 6 music. A rare chance to catch Martyn in an intimate venue. www.martynjoseph.net.  Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

NEW Friday 22 August 2014 - Gigspanner - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS (map)
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as 'another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool', but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. Without doubt a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player. But Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences transporting audiences on a 'blistering pace of a musical world tour' (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). 'Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow' - Sir Terry Pratchett. www.gigspanner.com. Tickets from Jane Mutch on 01752 823423 or online at www.gigspanner.com/tickets.html.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Kingsbridge Crabshell Session - Summer Recess
In conjunction with Simon and Jane at the pub, we have decided to suspend the monthly session at the Crabshell for the summer season i.e. no sessions on the first Thursdays of June, July, August or September 2014. Fortunately for them (perhaps not for us!) they have made such a fantastic job of re-inventing the pub that it has been increasingly difficult to dodge waitresses, hear each other sing etc when the pub is at its busiest. So you have all summer long to work on your repertoires and enjoy the break! But be sure to put a big reminder on your calendars for Thursday 2nd October 2014 when I for one will be looking forward to getting together again. Brenda B.

Over the border: Brief news from Cornwall
1) The monthly Cross House Inn sessions at Metherell are in recess until September.
2) Bodmin Folk Club regrettably has no permanent home at present. Check www.bodminfolk.co.uk for interim venue(s).

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Session News
Celtic music session at The Walkhampton Inn (Yelverton/Dousland area) Devon. 2nd Sunday each month from 8pm.

Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

Artists sought for The Feast of St James Festival in Tiverton on 19 July 2014
We are looking for artists based on a traditional theme - hopefully medieval music? but also interested in more upbeat musicians as well which may be loosely medieval in context. We have a day time event and an evening event also. I am open to ideas and would look forward to any contacts who may be of interest at this stage. I am looking for: Morris dancers, individual street folk musician(s), bands? Please contact me, reference Tiverton Town Team: Dawn Chilcott, Tiverton Town Team Co-ordinator, Challen House, 17 The Avenue, Tiverton, Devon EX16 4HP tel. 01884 242212 / 07989 973301, email dawnchilcott[at]btconnect.com.

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Words & Music for Good Causes
A new spoken-word performance group based in South Devon would love to hear from any traditional players/singers who might be interested in collaborating on occasional projects/events for selected charities (a recent example involved musicians and readers presenting international poetry for Amnesty). Please contact Chris Waters on: waterschris@live.com.

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Session News
Totnes: Bay Horse Inn
, 8 Cistern Street TQ9 5SP (01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com)
Traditional Open Session: First & third Mondays of every month, 8.45pm – 11pm. Players and singers welcome.
Traditional Singing Session: Second & fourth Tuesdays of the month, 8.45 - 11pm. Exploring British folk.
Eli’s Open Session: Every Thursday, 8.45 - 11pm. Singer/songwriters, musicians, percussionists – all welcome.
Bluegrass Session: Second Sunday each Month, 8.30pm - 11pm. Players welcome.

New Venue for 2014: Starz Bar in Exeter - Exeter Folk Project
Gigs start in the New Year, downstairs in the lounge bar, all seated (55-60 seats). More at www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject. Location: 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter, EX4 3ET. The line-up to date: 23/1/14 Blair Dumlop; 20/2/14 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; 27/3/14 O'Hooley & Tidow

Crabshell Records Kingsbridge
We don't normally advertise this sort of thing, but Neil does a great job with Kingsbridge-based Crabshell Records ("Any money raised over expenses will be entirely dedicated to promoting live music of the tradition in and around Kingsbridge") , mostly involving local South Devon performers including Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, and The Storm, or his own previous events. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Publications.html for the lastest info (and also www.shamstrad.co.uk/crabshellrecords.htm).

Session news
The first Malborough Open Mike at the Royal Oak will be on November 28th, no Open Mike in December but then regularly on the 4th Thursday of the month from January 2014. All styles of music welcome. Come along and play/sing or listen.9pm start but come a little earlier if you want to play or phone Mahrey/Phil on 01548 853593.
The Malborough Jam Session (all styles of music from folk to blues and rock, join in or listen) continues on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and there will be a festive feel to the music on 11th December. 8.30pm start.
For more info on either of these contact Mahrey/Phil on 01548 853593 or Julia/Howard on 01803 864674. For the Royal Oak contact 01548 561481.
More session news (extracted from Tony Watts' emailed Acoustic Calendar for Wessex updates, see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com, info reproduced in good faith, contact Tony - not me - with any feedback, or to join his email list)
New
Plymouth: The Crown & Anchor, 10-11 The Barbican PL1 2LS (01752 224572) - Every Tuesday, 8pm. Open mic.
RIP (i.e. discontinued)
Plymouth: Blue Peter Inn, 68 Pomphlett Road PL9 7BN (01752 941794) - First Thursday of the month. Mixed folk session.
The landlord is still willing to host musicians if anyone would like to get a session together.
Plymouth: The Dolphin, 14 The Barbican PL1 2LS (01752 660876, Martin: 01752 550768) - First Sunday of the month, 1pm till early evening. Music and song session.
Plymouth: Minerva Inn, 31 Looe Street PL4 0EA (01752 223047) - Open Mic: First Wednesday of the month, 8.30pm.
NB: The Thursday folk session is still alive and well.

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New 'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This brand new (a month ago) not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.
It's very difficult to categorise some performers, but here's a summary of the 'folkier' acts in the current published programme up to December:
22/11 Rue Royale; 23/11 Hayseed Dixie; 14/12 Mad Dog Mcrea - something for all tastes there! They're also all in the www.harbertonfolk.co.uk website Diary, with links to music/video samples in most cases.

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Buckfastleigh Mixed Voice A Cappella Choir - Recruiting
‘The Lost Sound’ is a small (24 singers), mixed voice, a cappella choir based in Buckfastleigh with a strong folk element. They have received an extremely warm response to their performances throughout 2012, especially from The Dart Music festival and Night of 1000 voices at Exeter Cathedral. They are looking to take on new singers in the Alto and Female tenor sections who have some harmony experience and who can learn quickly. For more info see www.singingandbreathing.co.uk or call Sandra on 01364 643105.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

More folk/roots music on local radio - Phonic FM (106.8 in Exeter; www.phonic.fm worldwide)
Martin Henning, Rich Cooke and Martin Hodge present 'Roots & Shoots' every Monday 6-8pm. They play folk/roots music from around the world and always include local music, often featuring live music - our next scheduled performers being Mad Dog McRea on Monday 10 May.

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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